• La Sportiva TX2

      MSRP: $130   BEST FOR: Technical approaches and easy technical climbing   Ahead of trying the Teton Grand Traverse—10 summits, nearly 18 miles and over 12,000 feet of elevation gain—I knew I needed to … Continue reading "La Sportiva TX2"
  • Tulson Tolf California

      MSRP: $115   BEST FOR: Slab climbing   First things first, let’s deal with the sparkly elephant in the room: Depending on who you ask, the California’s two-tone bedazzled upper is either the best … Continue reading "Tulson Tolf California"
  • 3rd Rock Mercury Jeans

    MSRP: $98   BEST FOR: Bouldering   There are plenty of altruistic reasons to buy climbing apparel made by the small upstart British climbing company 3rd Rock: they rely on recycled materials—namely Italian carpets and … Continue reading "3rd Rock Mercury Jeans"
  • Five Ten Five Tennie

    MSRP: $125   BEST FOR: Scrambles and around town   The original Five Tennie—dreamed up by Five Ten founder Charles Cole back in the ‘80s—was the first real, modern approach shoe: a hybrid running-hiking-climbing shoe … Continue reading "Five Ten Five Tennie"
  • Mountain Equipment Garwhal Women’s Jacket

    MSRP: $195 BEST FOR: Easy stowing, staying dry and you can move in it   The summer—which stretched to half a year—long ago that I guided in North Wales, I spent what must have been … Continue reading "Mountain Equipment Garwhal Women’s Jacket"
  • Mystery Ranch Scepter 35

      MSRP: $199.00 BEST FOR: Alpine approaches   The Scepter, one of Mystery Ranch’s new fall 2019 packs excels on long approaches. Whether you’re going out for an alpine rock climb in late summer or … Continue reading "First Look: Mystery Ranch Scepter 35"
  • Black Diamond 13mm Dynex Rabbit Runner

      MSRP: $17.95    Rabbit Runners—single-strand runners sewn with two little closed loops on either end, rather than into one bigger closed loop—are nothing new. Nonetheless, for some reason you don’t see them all that … Continue reading "Black Diamond 13mm Dynex Rabbit Runner"
  • Title Nine Dauntless Jogger Pants

    MSRP: $79 BEST FOR: Gym and crag / boulder use, warm weather   Dauntless Jogger is the name of this pair of pants. Don’t be fooled. Maybe Title Nine just mixed up some of its … Continue reading "Title Nine Dauntless Jogger Pants"
  • Foehn Brise Pants

    MSRP: $129.95 BEST FOR: Bouldering or sport climbing   The Brise pants, the signature piece of climbing clothing company Foehn, fall in a middle area between many of the techier, lightweight synthetic climbing pants on … Continue reading "Foehn Brise Pants"
  • Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad

    MSRP: $84.95 BEST FOR: 3-season camping/climbing   When I first saw Klymit’s Insulated Static V sleeping pad, I was skeptical of the ridges—or, rather, V-Chambers, as Klymit calls them. Would they be comfortable? Prove unwieldy … Continue reading "Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad"
  • MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

    MSRP: $79.95   I’ve had a number of different go-to stoves since I was a kid, but this MSR PocketRocket stove kit might just be my new fave, taking the slot as my go-to solo … Continue reading "MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit"
  • Backcountry Double Dyno Women’s Climbing Pant

    MSRP: $99.95 BEST FOR: All-around use, rock or indoor climbing   The waist does it: a high, thick, comfy waistband pretty much makes these climbing pants. The Backcountry Double Dyno women’s climbing pant sits up … Continue reading "Backcountry Double Dyno Women’s Climbing Pant"